CLEMENTS, Ala. - On December 4, 2015, Peyton Blankenship was involved in a very serious car wreck. He was at Huntsville Hospital for more than a month, and then at an Atlanta facility after that. Yesterday, after 95 days in hospital beds, he got to come home.
By all accounts, Peyton is a very quiet student. "He's not one that will be loud and all that," says Tammy Morris, a longtime employee of Clements High School. "He is very kind, he will do anything you ask him to do, very well mannered."
But he got a hero's welcome Monday, when his family drove by his beloved high school. "It seems like anytime there's a tragedy or something happens in the community rallies around them and tries to do as much as they can to support them," says Cody McCain, head football coach of Clements High School.
By this point, Peyton should be getting used to crowds. "Every time, it seemed like I was [at the hospital], there were people that were there from the community. I know they probably got hundreds of visitors," he said.
Moss says the rally was Peyton's sister's idea. "She wanted to do something special for him when he came home and of course, one thing that she asked is that we make signs," says Moss.
And boy did they! Forty signs lined Highway 72 and students held another 30 in the school's parking lot.
Peyton's mom says he's now able to walk and talk, but has a long road ahead of him. Thankfully, through every step of the way, he has an entire community at his side, cheering him on. "It's the Clements way," says Moss.
Peyton's loved ones will host a fundraiser for him, Saturday March 19th and the "All About Me" Daycare in Rogersville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here to see a flyer for the event.